Five Newmarket-based candidates have been shortlisted for the prestigious Pride of Racing awards, the winners of which will be announced on Saturday.
The celebration aimed at recognising the unsung heroes of racing who have made major contributions to the sport through their achievements and activities throughout the horse racing industry.
Nominated for the stable staff award is Maria Harris who spent all her working life in racing and only retired from trainer William Haggas’ yard earlier this year. In the stud staff category the Newmarket nominee is Dalham Hall stud worker, Paul Newton who began his career at the age of 16 and has spent 44 years in the industry. Paul is known for helping and encouraging younger members of staff and has made a great contribution to the Darley Flying Start graduate training programme.
Martyn Heyes, nominated in the racing Industry support staff award has worked for the operations team at Newmarket’s racecourses for 41 years and is the longest serving member of Newmarket’s staff.
Up for the graduate award is Rachael Gowland who worked for the National Stud initially as a foaling assistant then in administration before recently being appointed marketing and nominations manager at Shadwell Stud.
Rory Macdonald, chief executive of Newmarket’s British Racing School for 21 years, is nominated for the outstanding contribution to racing award having been instrumental in launching the racing careers of countless young people.